There are not words eloquent enough to express my gratitude for mentors and colleagues who support and encourage me when I admit that I have no idea what I am doing and think that I missed something crucial to compliance on an IEP. I am so thankful for the women I work with who sprang into action…
Today was the first meet for my internship course. I am so glad that it wasn’t what I had expected. It was incredibly inspiring and motivating. I cannot wait to become a special ed. teacher!
This quote was on the wall and I just wanted to share it with everyone (:
Diary entries through diverse eyes
BOOK UPDATE, PLEASE SHARE AND REPOST!!!!
To everyone who commented, shared, or liked our blog, we really appreciate all of the support and feedback. We are EXPANDING our blog and introducing an interactive portion!! We have set up an email account where YOU ALL can send your own experiences, entries, and stories. Remember your days surfing Post Secret? Consider this the same concept, but with your stories of inclusion, academic and social. Please share with us what you have heard from your friends, your family members, your students, or your own children. The entries will be kept ANONYMOUS.
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Listen to them. Learn from them. Watch them. Hear them. Support belonging. Be there, but give them space. Let them learn. Let them fail sometimes. Encourage independence. Love them. Always speak kindly. Ask, “What do you need?” Stop yelling. Be safe. Handle them with care. be respectful. be gentle. Be trustworthy. Remember, this is a person first. If they are loud, be quiet. Encourage interdependence. If they are sad, wipe their tears. Help students connect. Assume friendship is possible. Allow students to create together, laugh together, and have fun together. Assume competence always. Attribute the best possible motive consistent with the facts. Spark curiosity. Do not control. When students are happy, step back. Allow choice. Relax. Be a learner yourself. Ask, “How can I best help you?” Share positive stories with students’ parents. Set students up to be successful. When they have difficulties, kindly redirect. Breathe. Step back. Speak softly, Encourage softly. Redirect softly. Follow their lead. Lead by loving. Give them space. Watch them thrive.
My professor, Julie Causton, “The Paraprofessional’s Handbook for Effective Support in Inclusive Classrooms
Ok… getting a little more serious here… There’s a lot I want to say still. I want this tumblr blog to be a source of inspiration, information, education, fun, and a place to make new connections with others in the profession.
Keep Calm, It’s Only an Extra Chromosome
I like to have lots of different work spaces in my classroom, but space is always tight. Following the advice of another teacher, I found these great stools at Ikea. They come in a few colors and are stackable. They also slide completely under the table, so they take up less space. The kids LOVE them and enjoy moving them around the classroom to read on. They were also relatively cheap, and hold up well!
So just an update on here since I’ve been a little M.I.A. I’ve just been busy, and no I didn’t get locked out of my password again.
I’m beginning my M.S. Inclusive Special Education 7-12 which is the generalist program at SU. I was supposed to start this in the summer with a couple of classes while doing pre-reqs for the program but that didn’t work out since my program coordinator isn’t…all there for the most part. My current placement is at an urban K-8 school with 7th grade special education. The spring will be at a suburban high school, similar to my order as an undergrad. So far so good, and funny enough my cooperating teacher is the mother of a student I had last year from one of my sections of seniors.
Grad classes are okay, starting off a little slow but going alright. Also picking up some extra classes to teach (side-fitness instructor) so that’s been good to keep my schedule going. The only thing frustrating me currently is my program director who seems to have no idea what she’s doing but I guess that proves that if SHE can get a doctorate, so can I.
It’ll be nice to have this done within a year. Now onto the job hunt which will hopefully lead me home to CT for a little while. I’ll try and be better at updating this throughout the program so other prospective students have an idea of what I’m doing, lessons I end up teaching during our intervention/tutoring block, anything along the way…